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James Droll – “Old School Heartbreak”
James Droll is a queer R&B artist representing Nashville and serving us true #TBT vibes with his new song, which yearns for the “good old bad days” of a past heartbreak. It’s a unique concept: comparing today’s relationship drama to the “better” breakups of our more innocent youth. The video, which contains actual footage of Droll performing in high school, is also pretty touching.
beabadoobee – “She Plays Bass”
Drawing us in with some dreamy ’90s indie pop, “She Plays Bass” is beabadoobee’s dedication to her bass player and those go-to friendships we can always count on. It’s a simple, honest, and unpretentious love song with a perfect end-of-summer vibe—a blast of crisp, invigorating nostalgia.
Hunter Hooligan & TT the Artist – “Ecstasy”
It’s positive feels all around with this joyful new track, which celebrates spiritual liberation and letting go of self-doubt with an eye toward the future. Fighting the bad rap that Baltimore sometimes gets, the video showcases the city’s thriving local art community and rich cultural history. Hunter and TT trade upbeat verses about love, freedom, and diversity, shining a spotlight on a scene we should all get behind.
Lostchild – “Like Like”
Lostchild grew up with few examples of happy gay men and experienced some of the same struggles with adulthood many of us have faced, but in “Like Like” he’s hopeful that today’s visibility will make life easier for the next generation. If he’s tackling a heavy topic, the song is spirited and catchy, reminding us to appreciate what we’ve got and to celebrate what makes us special.
Photo: Lostchild shot by Lexy James.